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This chapter describes the main features of Heracleon's exegesis of the pericopes namely: (1) a few verses of the prologue, (2) the testimony of John the Baptist, (3) the journey of Jesus to Jerusalem and the cleansing of the temple, (4) the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, (5) the dialogue with the disciples on food and the harvest in John 4:31-38, (6) the story of the healing of the royal officer's son, and (7) the dialogue with the Jews in John 8. A few general questions raised by Heracleon's treatment of the Fourth Gospel are then discussed in the chapter, first, what sort of "canon of scripture" did Heracleon assume? Second, in what aspects of the text of the gospel did its authority reside for him? Third, did Heracleon accord a special status to John over against other authoritative texts?.

Keywords: Baptist; Fourth Gospel; Heracleon; John; Valentinianism



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